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Book Talk, Author Events, etc

CALA Northern California Chapter Author Events, 2012

In 2012, CALA N CA chapter co-sponsored two author events.  Both events were well-attended.  The audience and the authors had a good interaction and discussion about their books as well as the cultural issues of being a Chinese American.

The first event was cosponsored with Asian American Advisory Committee, Cultural Heritage Center of  San José State University.   On November 8, Nona Mock Wyman came to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library to discuss her latest book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage in California. In 1935, at the age of two, Nona was abandoned at the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos. In this unforgettable book, Nona shares coming-of-age stories from the perspective of the women of Ming Quong against the backdrop of the San Francisco Bay Area and how their bonds of love and friendship carried them through life’s challenges.

(Left to Right) Diana Wu, Nona Mock Wyman, Emily Chen, Shu-hua Liu

The second event was held at Eastwind Books of Berkeley on Sunday, November 11th.  The author, David H.T. Wong.  share his debut graphic novel, Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America, a vivid history of Chinese immigrants in their quest for Gold Mountain as seen through the eyes of the Wong family.  Mr. David H. T. Wong is a Vancouver-born architect and urban ecologist who  has designed airports, houses, regional town centers and destination resorts in more than a dozen countries. His background as a biologist has helped him embrace sustainable techniques that have solidified his reputation for designing green buildings, and he has advised government and industry leaders on common sense green initiatives.

 (From Left to Right) David Wong, Shu-hua Liu

2010 CALA-NCA Book Talk Programs

Judy Yung Book Talk

Chinese-American Librarians Association- Northern California Chapter had a board meeting at San Leandro Library on August 22nd.  After the meeting, there was a book talk with Judy Yung’s new book “Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America” .

 ···As a major port of entry for immigrants mainly from the Pacific Rim countries, the Angel Island Immigration Station is considered “the Ellis Island of the West Coast.” An estimated 250,000 Chinese and 150,000 Japanese, along with thousands of immigrants from other nations, passed through the station from 1910 to 1940.···Judy Yung is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
She is the author of Chinese Women of America: A Pictorial HistorySan Francisco’sChinatown and the co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, which won the Before Columbus Foundation Book Award.

Thanks to the manager of San Leandro Library, Nancy Fong, who prepared the dim sum lunch for the meeting and organized the book talk.

Program Coordinator of CALA-NCA

YiPing Wang

Book Talks Activity at San Jose State University, October 2006

Emily Wu & Belle Yang Book Talks Activity was held in King Library, San Jose State University, October 28, 2006. Emily Wu, the author of “the Feather in the Storm” and Belle Yang, the author of Hannah is my Name” and many other books, were invited to talk on their books and their journey as a Chinese immigrant. The event was held at the King Library, San Jose State University. Dr. Ruth Kifer, the dean of the university library, was there to present the certificate of appreciation to the speakers.

Event Planning Committee: Mengxiong Liu, Susana Liu, and Diana Wu

(From left to right) Elizabeth Soh, Mengxiong Liu, Diana Wu, Ruth Kifer (SJSU Library Dean), Emily Wu, Belle Yang, Susana Liu, Irene Yeh, and Julia Tung.